Nebraska Golf Hall Of Fame
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Ralph “Whitie” Reed
Born in Lincoln in 1915. Whitie has won tournaments in 8 successive decades (1929 to 1997). He has won 45 tournaments at every level except National, including the Greater Lincoln High School Championship representing Lincoln High School (1931 and 1932), the Lincoln City Championship (1940, 1957, and 1959), the Big 6 Conference representing the University of Nebraska in (1936), and the 1953 Nebraska Amateur. In addition he won regional tournaments in Central and Eastern Nebraska, and Western Iowa.
Whitie competed in 9 National Championships, including 2 NCAA’s (1936 and 1937), 2 U.S. Publinx (1939 and 1967), 2 U.S. Senior amateurs (1970 and 1971), the 1948 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open, and the 1997 U.S. Senior Olympics. Always competitive, Whittie was medalist or finalist an additional 39 times, including the Nebraska Amateur, the Nebraska Sand Greens (twice), and the Lincoln City (5 times). He has shot his age or better nearly 500 times on 22 golf courses of 6000 or more. He has 10 holes-in-one, including 3 in Nebraska and 7 in Arizona. Whittie was a member of Hillcrest Country Club from 1940 to 1960 and current plays 5 days a week at the Sun City Country Club in Arizona.
To give something back to the game, he served as Marshall or Marshall Captain for 34 PGA, LPGA, and Senior PGA events. During a period of 7 years, he was the Marshall Captain in charge of 40 volunteers on the first hole of the Phoenix Open. He also served for 8 years as a rules official for the Arizona Golf Association.
It is rare when a small town kid grows up to become a nationally sought after expert in any field of endeavor. But Stanton, Nebraska, native Douglas Peterson has done just that while gaining a reputation as one of the nation’s most respected golf course superintendents.
With more than 35 years of experience, Petersan is especially recognized for the ability he has shown to solve complex turf grass problems at every course which he has cared.
Doug has also been instrumental in the professional development of at least 22 individuals who later became course superintendents in Nebraska — and throughout the country — after working under him.
Following graduation from Stanton High School and the University of Nebraska, Doug was hired in 1966 to maintain Pioneers Golf Course in Lincoln.
Three years later he left the state for the first time to take over as superintendent at Chicago Golf Club, but after five years he returned to serve the Fremont Golf Club.
In 1980 he was offered the job at one of the nation’s premier courses, the Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kansas. During his 10 years there, the club hosted four United States Golf Association national championships.
Up to that period of time in his career, Doug had been the Superintendent of the Year and the president of both the Nebraska and Kansas Golf Course Superintendents Associations.
In 1991 Petersan was hired away from Prairie Dunes by the Baltimore Country Club, a 36-hole facility. In the summer of 1999, Ben Crenshaw, who was the driving force behind the design and construction of the new Austin Country Club, convinced Doug to move to Texas and oversee the development of that complex from the outset. The course opened in 2000 and has recently hosted the WGC World Match Play Championship.
Despite being in demand nationally, Petersan has never forgotten his Nebraska roots. Doug served as a consultant for two of Nebraska’s most noted courses – The Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln and the Sand Hills Golf Course in Mullen.
Gene Chadwell’s interest in golf started at the age of 12 when he became the owner of a golf club by trading lost golf balls found alongside the old Omaha Country Club in Benson while delivering the Omaha Daily News.
By the age of 14, he gave up his paper route to become a caddy at the Dundee Golf Course. He was captain of the Benson High School golf team, winning titles in 1928 and 1929. Golf was his game as he soon became a contender in all amateur golf tournaments in the area.
Gene won the World Herald Publinks Championship in 1946 — the same year he moved his family to Lincoln — then his career took off, mainly because he was able to spend more time on his game.
In the 1950’s he won the Lincoln City Tourney, Mid-State Open at Kearney, and The Fremont Invitational. In 1964 he won the Tournament of Champions at Grand Island, comparable to the State Tournament, and four State Senior championships followed — the last one in 1980, one month before his 70th birthday! He was also a six-time club champion at Hillcrest Country Club where he was a member for 23 years.
Gene has shot his age hundreds of times beginning at 69, and is still doing so or better! One of his rounds was 76 when he was 88.
He was instrumental in organizing golf leagues in Omaha and Lincoln (past president in both) and Lincoln Men’s Senior Golf (past president); and served on the Board of Directors at Hillcrest Country Club and Lincoln Men’s Golf Association.
Charlie Borner Jr.
Charlie Borner, the long time head professional and Director of Golf at the Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, had a brilliant playing career as an amateur before turning pro.
It started when he won three straight Lincoln City junior titles.
Later, while just a junior at Lincoln high in 1963, Charlie not only won the state high school championship in the spring, but then won the Lincoln City Men’s championship that summer.
Borner became a rare two-time state high school champion as a senior. That led to him being named Lincoln High’s “Outstanding L-Man.” He has since been named to the Lincoln High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Charlie won the State Amateur championship three times (1968, ’70, and ’73) and was the runner-up on four other occasions. He was the first to win both the state stroke and math play titles in the same year when he added the latter in 1970. Borner was also named Nebraska’s outstanding amateur golfer in 1973.
In 1967, Charlie was the first University of Nebraska golfer to ever earn a spot as an individual in the NCAA national championship.
Nationally he was the runner-up at the Western Amateur, being edged in the final by Lanny Watkins. He also qualified for and played in three USGA National Amateur Championships.
For six years after graduation from NU, Borner was a teacher and golf coach for North Platte Public Schools. He then became an assistant professional at Omaha’s Highland Country Club before serving in that same capacity for eight years at The Country Club of Lincoln.
In 1983 he was named the head professional at Hillcrest, replacing Hall of Fame member William “Bunny” Richards. He became Director of Golf in 1990.
Recognized as an outstanding teacher of the game, Borner was the recipient of the Nebraska PGA Section’s Horton Smith Award in 1985; named the Professional of the year in 1986; won the PGA Section championship in 1988 and has qualified for and played in eight PGA National Club Professional Championships.